The Struggle and The Prophecy (Titan #3 and #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

the struggle

Goodreads Summary of the Struggle: A bloody path has been chosen… 

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs. 

The Great War fought by the few is coming… 

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people. 

In the end, the sun will fall… 

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same. 

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

My Review: I know my review of book two wasn’t completely stellar because the book was a little slow for me but once I started book 3 it was back to JLA’s normal awesomeness. I am doing one post for the last two books of the series because I didn’t even want to take the time to write the post before I jumped into the fourth book!

These books were amazing! I love Seth and Josie and these books took so many turns that I honestly didn’t see coming. Seth is kind of an ass sometimes but I am still in love with him and I was just a swoony fan-girl this entire series. Josie definitely became a more interesting character once she was trained and I definitely love what JLA did to her character towards the end and I can’t say more without spoiling everything except I didn’t see it coming and I love her even more for it!

I am happy with how she ended the series but the entire third and fourth books were an emotional rollercoaster and honestly, I was a wreck. The last few chapters of the last book actually made me cry.

The minor characters were one of my favorite parts of the series. Deacon is one of my alltime favorite book people, he is so great and entertaining especially on long car rides  and even though I do love Seth and Josie, I think Alex and Aiden are still my favorite…. but don’t let that stop you from reading this series! Seriously read it! You can buy the third book here.

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The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

the pwoer

Goodreads Summary: With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.

Fate has other plans.

The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve.  Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.

But the gods are sensing a greater threat. 

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

 And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.

My Review:

Seth may be bat-shit crazy at times, but that is what makes him Seth. Reading from his point of view is extremely entertaining because I honestly have no idea what he is ever going to say or do and that makes him a very fun character for me. Josie is definitely more human than him and maybe not quite as exciting but I also still love her, and I’m interesting in seeing what happens with her when she gets fully trained and can fight as well or better than the rest of them.

This book is less of an all out war and is more focused on the strategy. It is still entertaining and I feel like I am waiting for something to happen which is keeping me hooked to the series and I literally don’t want to do anything besides read. I loved that Aiden and Alex came back for this book because I think Alex is still my favorite character and I feel like they are actually my friends and that I can fight with them…

I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I feel like I need to go on a small rant, so I will keep it vague. There are multiple points in this book where Seth acts like a complete baby and becomes my least favorite character archetype which is the martyr. He thinks basically at multiple points that keeping himself distanced will solve the worlds’ problems and it is really irritating which makes Alex and Aiden my favorite characters still.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this series and JLA will never write a book I don’t obsess over, but I am obsessing over this series far less than the covenant series or especially the Lux series and I am not sure how to feel about that yet. I guess I will see where book three takes me. You can buy book two here.

 

The Return (Titan #1)

the return titan

The Return (Titan #1)

Goodreads Summary: The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

My Review: 

Hello fellow bloggers! I could not be more excited about this series! If you have been following me for a while you probably know I don’t like to start a series until all of the books are out because I just cannot handle the pain of a cliffhanger. Lucky for me, the final book in this series came out last month and I was more than excited to buy the series and read it without coming up for air.

I have read every book JLA has written as Jennifer L. Armentrout and as J. Lynn and I have never ever disliked one of the books so I knew this book would be no different. As soon as I read page one I was hooked and I knew that I wasn’t doing anything else besides reading the whole day. While reading the Covenant series, there was a time when I was team Seth, granted it didn’t last long with him going all crazy-ass-psycho on us, but still, I loved Seth at a point and I was interested to see what JLA was going to do with a story about him. Let me just say that she did not disappoint. I love Seth as much as and more than I did during the Covenant series. He’s a bad-ass-swoon-worthy-I-wish-he-was-mine type of character and even though he has some disturbing thoughts because he’s Seth, I still love him.

The new female lead Josie is an interesting character and the fact that she’s something else entirely made me pretty hooked to see what was going to happen with her. It’s kind of weird going straight from the Covenant series to this series because Alex, the female lead of the covenant series, was super tough and awesome and such a smart-ass and although Josie has a little of that in her, she’s a pretty normal girl and doesn’t have the aggression Alex did. As of right now I still think I like Alex more, but we’ll see what happens as she learns to fight some more.

This book, unlike the others JLA has written, switches POV between Josie and Seth and I really like getting to read from different perspectives. Sometimes that irritates me in books because I grow attached to one character but in this case I think it’s a good mix. Honestly, if we had to spend 100% of the time in Seth’s head, we would all have our heads in the gutter, our aggression would know no limits, and we would all go crazy because Seth is honestly kind of crazy, so breaking it up a bit is good.

The sexual tension killed me. Seriously. Why does she do this to me every time?! Probably because it’s brilliant and she is brilliant…even though I hate it I also kind of love it at the same time. I also didn’t realize this was an adult novel, so she goes more in detail in the more inappropriate aspects of the book, but hey, I’m not complaining. I also LOVE greek mythology and I have a love of book violence like fighting and training and this book definitely delivers. How could it not with Seth as the lead?

I honestly cannot wait to read the next book and see what happens. I have been forcing myself to do things like eat, sleep, and go to work…please read this series. If you haven’t read the Covenant series, read that one first. You will not regret it! You can buy book one here.

Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

Pure (Covenant, #2)

Goodreads Summary: There is need. And then there is Fate. Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome–especially when Alexandria’s other half is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom–so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do–and sacrifice–for her. When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies–lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon–and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn’t blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude–or killing her. When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

My Review: OH MY GODS! JLA has done it again. I am once again in awe of her genius ideas and remarkable writing style that keeps me glued to the pages and makes me forget I have to wake up and go to class. I was that weird girl in the gym reading while exercising. Only JLA can keep me that addicted. This book was THAT good.

The ending of the last book wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger but it was insane and this book only got crazier. There were more of my favorite training scenes and plenty of hot boys fighting over Alex which was totally sexy. Both Aiden and Seth are definitely swoon-worthy and each had some steamy romance with Alex which was okay by me! At this point, Alex still can’t decide who she wants more but I already have my opinion and I am team Seth all the way! I have no idea why I like him more than Aiden. He’s sexy, a total badass, super protective, has moments of vulnerability that make him more lovable, and he stays with Alex through everything to try to make her feel better. There is that stupid connection between them but I still love him. I guess I do kind of know why I love him.

Anyway, the plot line in this book was fantastic! The Apollyon training and powers awakening and the trials and Covenant, someone (multiple people actually) trying to take Alex out, both boys defending her, everything was just perfect. I really like how the mythology ties into this book too because I am a total Greek mythology lover. The furies and the oracle being the most important was interesting because those are some of the creepiest parts of mythology in my opinion which means that there is just more bad stuff coming. The battle scene in this book was also totally epic and bloody and heads got cut off and it was just awesome. I wasn’t anticipating a fight, but JLA cannot go wrong. There were also two of my favorite phrases of hers in this book and I wanted to jump up and down and laugh because I was so excited to read “asshat” and “I would give my firstborn child for ___” but I’m sure my roommate would have thought I was a sociopath and saying that I love JLA would not have made anything better.

After the end, the chapter in Seth’s POV was really amazing. Seeing into his head was really amusing because he is such a hilarious and annoying character. His feelings toward Alex and his reactions to what happened between them were adorable and I loved it. His sarcasm and narcissism remind me of Daemon Black which is the highest compliment ever but seeing as how it’s the same author…

I would highly highly recommend reading this book and any other book that JLA has ever written because you will not be disappointed. This series is amazing and I cannot wait to read the next one. Read it. Now please. You can buy Pure here.